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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Professional Development

Educators must always hone their craft. Discover the many formal, informal, ongoing, and job-embedded professional-development programs keeping teachers at the top of their game.

Should Students Have a Role in Professional Development?

Check out these real-life examples of students playing an active role in their teachers' professional learning.

Using Pre-Needs Assessment for Effective PD

Personalize your PD by using tools like Google Forms, Padlet, and Nearpod to learn what teachers already know and what they need to know.

Becoming a Listening Educator

The four traits of a listening educator are a willingness to slow down, genuine curiosity, attention to non-verbal cues, and self-awareness and empathy.

Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio?

A well-planned, current digital teaching portfolio can be an asset whether you're seeking a job, being evaluated within your school, or simply demonstrating your professionalism.

DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup

Why wait for formal environments, when there are so many opportunities to learn new skills on your own? We've compiled a list of the best resources for do-it-yourself PD to get you started.

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What Does Transformational Teaching Look Like?

Download a one-page tip sheet to reference six ways you can transform your teaching practice.

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Daily Planning Worksheet

Download this sample daily planning worksheet to help you think about how to plan your weekly activities.

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DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup

Why wait for formal environments, when there are so many opportunities to learn new skills on your own? We've compiled a list of the best resources for do-it-yourself PD to get you started.

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Hangouts on Air: Connecting Teachers With Content Experts

Google Hangouts can be an accessible, low-cost tool for teaching educators about technology or turning snow days into PD sessions -- among many other possibilities.

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Weekly Update: Educational Webinars, Unconferences, and Conferences

Get a roundup of educational webinars, conferences, edcamps, and unconferences aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Check this page weekly to get the latest updates!

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8 Top Tips for Highly Effective PD

Among the top strategies for highly effective professional development are making it useful, making it relevant, and making sure that teachers start practicing it ASAP.

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Learning From Students

Unplanned interactions and observations can provide teachers with clues about who students really are, what they're thinking, and what they need in order to learn.

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Educators Innovating Learning From the Inside Out

Teacher-researchers, design thinkers, and teacherpreneurs have the abilities and opportunities to improve education through their playfulness, creativity, and collaboration skills.

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6 Early Childhood Tips. . . From a 5th Grade Teacher?

Whatever grade you teach, your students will notice the messages you send them, the assumptions you make about them, and your expectations about their learning.

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Learning Styles Quiz Results: Digging Deeper

Learn more about each learning style: naturalistic, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, visual-spatial, logical-mathematical, and verbal-linguistic.

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How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class

When students let their minds drift off, they're losing valuable learning time. Here are ten smart ways to increase classroom participation.

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Resources and Downloads for Teaching Critical Thinking

Educators from the Bay Area's KIPP King Collegiate High School and the KIPP network have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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Lesson Plans and Resources for Arts Integration

Educators from Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, Maryland, share arts-integrated lessons and resources that you can use in your school.

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How to Get Free Teaching Materials

Educators share tips for stocking up on complimentary classroom supplies.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects

Discover a project-based learning model that motivates students to pursue knowledge and drives academic achievement.

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4 Big Things Transformational Teachers Do

Transformational teachers create experiences in their classrooms, melding the art and science of any subject and making their students care about learning.

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